While president-elect Donald Trump has seemingly changed his views on a lot of stances that arguably won over millions of his supporters, he won't be backing down on his proposed plan regarding illegal immigration. The president-elect reportedly still plans to deport or jail 2 to 3 million immigrants living in the country illegally, according to reports.
During Trump's 60 Minutes interview, the Republican confirmed that he would see his plan through to remove immigrants who do not have U.S. citizenship as he promised earlier on his campaign trail. "We’re getting them out of our country. They're here illegally," he asserted. He also mentioned that he would be prioritizing the evacuation of immigrants with criminal history. "What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers—probably two million, it could be even three million—we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate," Trump stated.
Although the administration still emphasizes the need to deport people with criminal records who are in the country illegally, it has softened its rhetoric on the treatment of those with no record. "After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about who are terrific people," Trump continued. "They’re terrific people, but we are going to make a determination at that. But before we make that determination, it’s very important, we are going to secure our border." And in terms of the wall that he planned to have Mexico build along the border, he claimed "some fencing" would suffice.
Since the election results rolled in, Trump has adjusted or gotten rid of his controversial plans that he claimed would be put in place during his first days in office. While his views on immigration have pretty much stayed the same, he's reportedly backed out of banning all Muslims from entering the U.S. And despite having said that he would "repeal and replace" Obamacare, he's reportedly considered keeping important aspects of it. Only time will tell what Trump really has planned after he's sworn into office at the top of next year.
Donald Trump's 60 Minutes interview will air today on CBS at 7p.m. ET.